“Your mind controls your emotion and your will determines what you think, i.e., what the mind chooses to think about or dwell on is controlled by the will. You can choose to meditate on the goodness of God or on your wounded spirit from past hurts; the choice is yours. The battle is won or lost in the mind through your will.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” Proverbs 15:3
A person will do in front of God what he would never do in front of other people. You will think thoughts and commit acts in the isolation of your own life that you would never do in the presence of your friends. For example, if your private life and thoughts over the past several weeks were filmed and then shown to your friends, how would you feel? If you are like most people, you would be embarrassed and uncomfortable. And yet Scripture assures you that God sees all and will call you to account “in the day when God will judge the secrets of men’ hearts.”221
In part, you are willing to do and think in His presence what you would not do in the presence of others, because the Bible assures you that the Lord accepts you for the way you are, not on the basis of what He hopes you will someday become. You may also feel that God will be less judgmental than the people you know. Whatever the reason, such people do not fear God. They forget that they sin against God, a truth clearly seen by King David.222
Remember, however, that the One whose judgment counts is the One who sees all. Whatever accountability you face before your friends and family, your accountability before God counts far more. He does accept you, but He will also judge you more absolutely than any human tribunal. If you don’t want other people to know what you are thinking, then you probably don’t want God to know either. And because God knows, you should never do in front of Him what you won’t do in front of others.
221 Romans 2:16
1 Chronicles 22-24 John 8:28-59 (New King James Version)
1 Chronicles 22-24
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